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join me on my life stream at cnn.com/sanjay. it is a one-stop spot for all my videos, blogs, tweets and behind the scenes photos. thanks for joining us. thanks to cnn's poppy harlow. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. we'll see you back here next sunday. hello, everyone. you're in the c"cnn newsroom." i'm fredricka whitfield. it is a brutal heat wave now being blamed for dozens of deaths. scorching temperatures continue to create dangerous conditions in 11 states and people stuck in the heat zone are doing anything they can to keep cool and safe. >> reporter: the record breaking heat has been blamed for scores of deaths. people look for relief wherever they can find it. >> it feels great. it feels so wonderful. it beats the heat. that's for sure. >> reporter: in chicago, the heat buckled roadways. some residents simply gave up
and fled the city. >> in chicago it was 105 and it felt like 112. we came up here to escape the heat a little bit. >> reporter: but a cold front is expected in the coming days. >> looking forward to the 8 0 agrees. even 89 degrees would be great. >> reporter: they say the cooler air will move into the great lakes, northeast and into the east. bringing comfort for hundreds of thousands who are still without power after last weekend's storms. in west virginia, more than 160,000 people remain in the dark and sweltering with no working fans or air conditioning. >> 93 degrees. >> reporter: refrigerators and freezers shut down when the power went out forcing some residents to rely on food pantries to get by. >> it's been a large request over the past few days. we're really scrounging around to try to keep up with the demand. two parents in indiana are accused of leaving their babies
in separate incidents in hot cars during this blistering heat wave. police in greenfield say this man left his 4-month-old daughter in a car for an extended period of time with temperatures around 103 degrees. the baby later died at the hospital. 25 miles away in the town of fisher, this mom is accused of neglecting her 16-month-old daughter by leaving her inside a car at a shopping center parking lot. the child was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. some states suffering through a week and a half of this heat wave are finally getting some relief. meteorologist bonnie schneider in the weather center. bonnie, are the temperatures falling? >> they're falling but very slowly and they're not falling fast enough for many people that are still without power. we even have the threat of severe weather. i want to also mention about leaving anyone in a car in this heat wave. even with the window cracked, the indoor temperature can get up to 120-plus in a matter of seconds. so it is very dangerous.
heat stretches from missouri through illinois, across the entire state of kentucky, into the ohio valley ohio valley and dangerous heat through the carolinas and virginia. this is a region where people are still without power. there is a cold front so i was hearing on twitter from people in michigan, we're getting some relief, it feels a lot better. the temperature today in chicago is 82 degrees. as we get to monday, this front will slowly drop to the south and everybody it touches it will make things just a little bit better and a little more bearable, more typical for summertime weather. washington, you drop down to 87. as the front drops southward, by tuesday you start to see numbers in the 80s for cities like charlotte and atlanta. we haven't seen that in a while. zoom in here you'll find that some of the numbers are still 90-plus. that includes kansas city and st. louis. there is the threat today for severe weather. the threat for very strong thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail. it's a widespread watch box that continues until the evening hours tonight. fred, we saw this yesterday. this zone is an area where still
thousands of people are without power. this is the last thing they need. it is going to help break the heat but you can see thunderstorms are working their way into charleston, west virginia. west virginia was really hard hit by power outages so that's not good news. washington, d.c., you're in the watch box as well. the severe threats from the storm prediction center extends all the way into the mid south, then stretches off to the coastline, through virginia, then even touching the jersey shore. atlantic city could see strong storm storms, and cape may as well. if you hear a quick rumble of thunder, get indoors, it could be a strong storm. heat is the number one non-severe weather related killer in the u.s. every year so very dangerous. the silent killer really. >> don't leave people, children or pets in the car. that's so ridiculous. people in west virginia and maryland, d.c., they're just starting to recover from that power outage as a result of that storm. hopefully they'll be able to keep power on this time though. bonnie schneider, appreciate that. thank you.
a severe weather tragedy in russia. raging floodwaters tore through neighborhoods in the middle of the night in one region. at least 150 people were killed, hundreds of others injured and more than 12,000 people are now homeless. officials say floodwaters rushed through towns with such force, roads were ripped up and cars were purshed into the sea. we have new information on that miss tearial illness killing children in cambodia. more than 60 have already died and now officials say they've made an important discovery. cnn's sara seidner reports from one of the areas hardest hit by this baffling illness. >> reporter: feverish and struggling to breathe, this 50-year-old is in bad shape. doctors are trying to diagnose him, well aware he has some of the symptoms of a mysterious illness that's killing young children in cambodia. nearly every child that has shown up in cambodian hospitals
with the mystery syndrome has died. so far, this pediatrician has treated two children with the syndrome, both got worse by the hour, both died within a couple of days. one case the child's lungs deteriorated within hours. are you as a doctor worried because you don't know what it is exactly? >> for me i worry and it is important just to inform the parent when the child, you know, symptom like cough, high fever or respiratory stress. they also could bring the child to hospital. >> reporter: during the rainy season here at this southwest cambodian hospital, about 50 children a day are admitted. they normally have serious, but treatab treatable, conditions like encephalitis and dengue fever. the mortality rates of those
diseases are far lower. dengue fever which has infected a total of 10,000 people in cambodia so far this year killed 45. in comparison, at the main children's hospital in the capital, the mystery syndrome has killed 60 of 62 children who were brought there. an extremely high mortality rate. how concerned is w.h.o. about the spread of this outside of cambodia? >> our concern is really to get the diagnosis sorted out as quickly as possible. because then it will be much easier for us to assess how dangerous or not dangerous it is for neighboring countries. >> reporter: now four months after the first case was reported, health officials may be a little bit closer to figuring out exactly what it is. researchers have found an entero virus appearing in samples in more than a dozen of the caveses they have sampled. ev71 was discovered in the 1960s
in the u.s. where it was blamed for an outbreak of neurological disease in california. it is associated with hand foot and mouth disease. there is no known treatment for it. the world health organization warns the discovery of ev71 does not mean the problem of the undiagnosed cases has been solved. a lot more analysis and testing is needed. in the meantime, health officials in cambodia are trying to make sure parents with sick children know, if their child is having any of the symptoms, bring the child directly to the hospital. this family tried treating their child at home first. a week later his grandma brought him to the hospital in dire straits. to her relief, doctors finally diagnosed him with dengue fever. not the unknown illness that has already taken dozens of children's lives in just four months. sara seidner, cnn, cambodia. now to syria. international peace envoy kofi annan arrived in the capital of
damascus today for a meeting with president assad. broken buildings and deserted streets bear witness to the continued violence there. activists say 43 people have been killed today. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton says time is running out for the assad regime. >> the days are numbered. >> meanwhile, the syrian military says it is conducting live exercises and launching missiles to stay prepared for pan attack from the sea. back here on u.s. soil, attorney general eric holder says he will do everything in his power to protect the voting rights of americans. speaking at a conference on latino civil rights, holder vowed to fight controversial state laws that require voters to prevent -- present, rather, personal identification before voting. >> each of the jurisdictions where proposed changes can be shown to have no discriminatory
purpose or effect follows the law. we are jurisdictions did cannot meet this threshold we will object under the voting rights act of 1965 and other laws in order to geren fooe tee thuaran eligible citizens have unreconvicted access to the ballot box. a trial starts tomorrow in washington on a texas voter i.d. law that was struck down by the justice department in march. strawberries, cream and a little bit of history at wimbledon today. we'll tell you who won the men's single tennis title.
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in london, roger federer wins his record tying seventh wimbledon crown. but british tennis fans are kind of disappointed after he beat uk's andy murray by 3-1 sets. murray was hoping to become the first brit to win the wimbledon men's singles title since 1936. it's kind of bittersweet. i feel bad for federer because not enough people were cheering for him. amanda, very emotional. we heard from andy murray who had a very moving speech. i think he won a few new fans if that was possible. even after his very kind words. >> yeah, i think he did. roger federer wasn't going to let a good story stand in the way of his quest for titles, was
he? i mean their there has been the most incredible build-up to this match today, because as you said, andy murray, the first british man in to the final of the wimbledon championship for 74 years. many men have tried and failed over the years and people were suggesting that this was andy murray and britain's best hope. but, sadly, it wasn't to be. hundreds of fans had been camping overnight to get tickets inside here at the all england club. an estimated 20 million people were watching around the country. some suggestion that tickets inside on center court were going for around $50,000. >> no. >> that is how much people wanted to be part of this and wanted to be part of what could have been british tennis history. but sadly, roger federer didn't read the script and andy murray
will try once again. this was his fourth grand slam final. and sadly, it's four times played and four lost. >> you know what? he's still got a little time since roger federer's 30 and that was made very clear, kind inform that victory and concession speech, at least federer says, you know what? andy murray's probably going to win at least one title so there's time. amanda, thanks so much from wimbledon. it is called a party with a purpose. the essence music festival in new orleans. i talked with legendary gospel singer yolanda adams about her music, giving back and taking care of self. to the most highly recommended bed in america? it's not a sealy, a simmons, or a serta. did you know there's a tempur-pedic for everybody? tempur-pedic beds now come in soft, firm, and everything in between.
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a lot of us are trying to do it all -- take care of our families, our careers, and everything else. well, one woman who's juggling it all, four-time grammy winning gospel singer and radio host yolanda adams. i caught up with her at the essence music festival in new orleans where powerful music meets powerful ideas and discussions. >> it is such a treat to be sitting with you and talking with you. and you know what?
the crowd just like filled the room here when you walked in. >> oh, wow. >> everyone loves your music and everything that you did philanthropically as well, as well as you have a new clothing line coming out for us tall girls. you're 6'1", i'm 5'10". i cannot wait to see what you've got online. how do you juggle it all? >> we have great help, great family, people who just love us to life and you have to space it. you have to give yourself a little me time. but the exercise, site mince and the water are essential. >> all of that is so important. yesterday i was talking with vanessa williams and her mom, helen williams. they really were sending the message of, you can only be your best mother. you can only be the best in a daughter if you take care of yourself first. so many women feel like they've got to put everyone first, the family, health care, the financial dynamics and they put themselves last. i love that you're sending the
message that you really do have to take care of yourself in order to be your best and the best partner that you can be, best mother you can be. you've got to think about you first. >> you've got to think but. if you're broken down, everything else breaks down. you've got to make sure when you put your health first -- i'm a stickler about health. you've got to do the exercise. you got to do the water. you got to do the vitamins. when you feel a little sluggish, that means, hey, i need a nap. afternoon naps for me are essential. they are. >> you juggle a lot. you've got a morning show. >> yes. >> that has to be incredibly fulfilling. >> everything in my life is fulfilling. first of all, i'm a mom first. taylor is my pride and joy. she's my definite inspiration and my rocket booster. she's reason that i do all i do. i want to show her that it's okay to be able to do more than one thing in your life. my dad taught me that. he taught me, yolanda, listen. you can have seven streechls
income if you apply yourself and do what you're supposed to do. i was 12 when he told me that. now i'm 50 and i thought, yes, it works. >> beautiful 50! >> thank you. >> you have this beautiful angel foundation. what's the inspiration? >> i used to be a teacher, taught second and third grades. i knew between middle school and high school, if we lose our kids we lose them for a while because it takes time to get them back. what we want to do with the voice of an angel foundation is mentor them through high school, all the way through college, make sure that they have a running start, make sure that they give us back three years in the education system and they have to love kids. it cannot be one of those things, oh, i'm in a program and i just want to do this -- >> no part-timers. >> huh-uh. you've got to love kids. >> we love you, your music. yolanda adams, fantastic. >> the yolanda adams collection is sold online.
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story. >> for him to survive something like that is outstanding. there's just no words for it. >> reporter: the story of this eagle starts on june 1st when he was photographed by kent keller. >> he is a bird bander sew goes up and bands these birds in the nest and that gives us longevity records of what's going on with the nesting behaviors and all that is it type of stuff. >> reporter: in this nest high above the xhuchcommunity, june fire began burning. thousands of acres were consumed over several days, including the nest site. kent returned several days later. >> he basically went back to retrieve a band and close out information he had on the band. >> he went back thinking woe find a dead bird. >> this symbol of freedom was found alive on the fourth of july. now named phoenix, this eagle truly did rise from the ashes. >> the flames had to engulf his
body just because they're on the top of his head, they're on his back, on his wings, his legs. >> you see the shafts up here. they're still growing. but they're pretty much done for. >> reporter: handlers say phoenix has a long way to go but his future looks promising. >> we are hoping to release him. that's the goal of our program, get him back out into the wild. those are our top stories now. international peace envoy kofi annan arrived in damascus, syria today, to meet with president bashar al assad. as annan's third trip to the country since violence began last year. activists say at least 43 people have been killed across syria today alone. in libya votes are being counted after the country held its first election since moammar gadhafi took power a half century ago. roughly 60% of libya's voters turned out. some preliminary results could be announced later on today. many see this election as libya's first steps toward building a free and democratic
nation. look out. here come the bulls. saturday was the first day of the running of the bulls in pamplona, spain. run lasted less than three minutes but the red cross reported dozens of injuries. six of them quite serious. a 73-year-old spanish man was gored in the leg and taken to the hospital. the tradition of running with the bulls through the town started 400 years ago. i'll be back in one hour. you'll meet a 9-year-old whiz kid and get this -- he's not planning to go to college. he's already there! >> at 6 years old when i wanted to take a paleontology class that was actually in college, i liked dinosaurs so i wanted to study more about them. >> what kid doesn't like dinosaurs? well, this one went to college
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